The Bristol International Piano Duo Festival is back!

With less than two months to go, final preparations are taking place for this year’s Piano Duo Festival which promises to be the most exciting to date. Described in the September edition of International Piano Magazine as a ‘starry line-up’ we are incredibly fortunate to have two truly world-class duos gracing the stage of St George’s on consecutive evenings.

This year’s opening concert on Thursday 27 October will be given by Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen, whose triumphant recital at the inaugural festival in 2009 included an unforgettable performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor arranged for four hands on one piano by the composer himself. This year, the duo’s spellbinding virtuosity will be on show again in Mendelssohn’s youthful masterpiece, the Octet in E Flat, of which they have made an award-winning recording for Sony Classical. Tal & Groethuysen also mark the centenary of the death of the composer Max Reger, whose Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven can be heard alongside Beethoven’s own piano duo transcription of his Grosse Fuge Op 133.

Katia and Marielle Labeque need very little introdution, delighting audiences around the world and making frequent appearances at the BBC Proms. We are thrilled to welcome them St George’s for their first performance at the piano duo festival with an enticing programme of works by Ravel, followed up with Schubert’s wonderful Fantasy in F minor for piano duet and culminating with excerpts from Bernstein’s West Side Story. See them live on Friday 28 October.

There’s plenty more to enjoy, including a special edition of MiniBeats, with Christopher Northam and Steven Kings taking to the keys on Sunday 30 October, not to mention additional events taking place at Bristol University.  For the full picture visit www.pianoduofest.org.uk